Absolutely urbanized, not at all frightened not only by men but also by the sustained traffic of Rome. The latest viral video of wild boars, now almost customary in certain districts of Rome, portrays a large family, at least ten puppies with mum and dad, running around in via Trionfale on the sides of the roadway while cars and pedestrians pass by. It is not unusual for those who live in the north of the city, Balduina, Cassia and Trionfale, to come across wild boars. This time the scene, which took place around 5 pm yesterday, is striking because the wild boar family strolls among cars and pedestrians.
A few days ago a similar scene occurred in the heart of Monte Mario where parents and pupils waiting for the bell to enter the school found themselves face to face with a dozen ungulates walking around the Sant’Agata estate. Four large specimens with some puppies in tow, all at ease among the horns of nervous motorists and children and parents with backpacks on their shoulders and trolley in hand.
And if this situation is repeated more and more often, but during the electoral period it becomes the center of the attention of the political duelists who share the videos of the “family walk”: «Via Trionfale, in the heart of Rome…. A family of wild boars leisurely strolls among the cars and people. Would this be the ‘continuity’ that Raggi would like for the capital of Italy? ” writes on Twitter Salvini. Message very similar to that of Calenda: «Don’t you think it’s time to sit down at a table and address the issue? @nzingaretti @virginiaraggi ». In recent days Giorgia Meloni, leader of the Brothers of Italy, had beaten Raggi: «Rome is invaded by waste. Among wild boars and mice Raggi instead of the mayor was a zoologist, he can be the director of the Bioparco ».
For its part, the Mayor Raggi points the finger at Nicola Zingaretti, underlining how the management of ungulates is regional: «There is a complaint about the wild boar issue that I made to the Lazio Region, but we have a Region that has not worked on this front. If the animal population, which multiplies, is not controlled, invasions will be more and more frequent. It was also the farmers themselves who protested ». There Lazio region he reminds «once again that the responsibility of the animals that are outside the parks lies with the municipalities. It is therefore up to the local administrators to intervene to contain the presence of animals on the streets and in the city territory in order to safeguard the safety of the community ». For the Region, moreover, “in recent years the continuous presence of waste in the urban area of Rome is certainly a factor that has favored the presence of the species, offering the trophic resources necessary to reproduce more effectively”.
A problem not only in Rome
But the issue of wild boars in the city has been known for some time and does not only affect the capital: with the Covid emergency there has been a 15% increase in wild boars, with an estimated 2.3 million units in Italy. A situation, Coldiretti estimates, which leads to an accident, due to these animals, every 48 hours with 16 victims and 215 injured during the year of the pandemic. And then there is the damage to the crops, with losses of millions of euros.
In Piedmont there are an estimated 20 thousand specimens, and there is no shortage of presences in cities like Turin, both on the hilly and urban streets. There have been at least nine thousand assaults by wild boars in ten years Lombardy that have devastated the countryside and caused road accidents. This is what Coldiretti from Lombardy estimates on the basis of regional data.
Also there Liguria feels besieged: there are almost 40,000 wild boars in the region according to the Italian Farmers’ Confederation. «Numbers unthinkable and unsustainable for agriculture and inland areas. There is no talk of renaturalization, but of monospecies breeding. When have we ever had such an intense presence of wild in Liguria? To these we add fallow deer and roe deer and the picture is complete »denounces Aldo Alberto, president of Cia Liguria, who underlines the concern for the presence of wild animals in rural areas with consequences for agricultural activities.
In Tuscany, in Gaiole in Chianti, in the Sienese area, in recent days a herd of wild boars has devastated the gardens of the playground and the school in the city center. This is what happened after two days with two different raids by the pack. “An unsustainable situation not only for the urban decor but above all for the safety of citizens who are exasperated and frightened” explains in a note the mayor Michele Pescini who wrote to the Tuscany Region asking “that a timely intervention be authorized”. “We cannot delay on this real emergency which could create dangerous situations for the very safety of people, therefore we trust in the prompt response of the Region”.
A problem that also arrives on the island of Elba where associations and companies have asked in an open letter for an urgent table with the institutions to solve the problem of the proliferation of these animals which “in the last 24 years have been taken or killed in 26,000 specimens, over 1,000 per year. Nonetheless, the situation has always worsened: a permanent condition of damage which, periodically, assumes the dimensions of emergency ». The committee created by associations and companies has produced a study in which it is highlighted that there would be only one possibility to solve the problem once and for all, that is, to bring to zero the presence of ungulates on the island.
Animal rights activists: killing and hunting do not solve the problem
And the list could go on passing through the different regions of Italy, the numbers change, but the position is always the same: there are too many wild boars, they must be killed. A position / solution that does not convince animal rights activists: «The management of wild animal populations, including wild boars, has always been entrusted to hunters and the lead of their guns. And the damage to agriculture attributed to wild boars has always been growing, although since 2005 they can be hunted 24 hours a day, 365 days a year – claims the Lav (Anti-Vivisection League) -. After more than fifteen years of unlimited wild boar hunting, it should be clear that the hunting method is a failure in every respect, primarily responsible for the increase in the number of wild boars on the territory but this evidence escapes the regional and national administrations which, under the pressure of farmers , continue to support the increase in hunting without any analysis of the effects produced by this ».